Why should I build my own PC instead of buying one in a store?
First, you can improve your knowledge in computer. Building a PC doesn’t mean you buy all the components and put them together. It is not that simple!!! You must understand the compatibility between them to get the best performance with lowest price.
Second, you can customize everything in your own PC. If you buy a PC from store, maybe you also have options to change some parts, but not all.
Third, you can challenge yourself with building task. Buying all parts, putting them into PC case, everything looks good ^^ Power on and …. nothing happens!! How do you feel, if you were in this case? 😀
Fourth, fifth, etc…. There are still many reasons why you should “do it yourself” 😉
And last but not least, it is not Dell, Acer, Sony,… PC, it is YOUR computer!
Building your own PC is fun ^^
But you will not have warranty and support for your complete system, you should think carefully about this!!!
Ready? Here we go.
Shopping – choose and buy your PCs parts
This task always takes much time (and also, much money :D). Collecting information is very important. Google, IT forums, computer stores, …. are some good places to begin. If you have no idea, choose any complete PC at your price range as reference, it is very helpful not only to have the basic knowledge but also to compare them later.
Here is the must-have list:
Hard disk driver (HDD)
Case and power supply
and of cause, keyboard, mouse and monitor
And optional parts:
Graphic card (in case of the mainboard doesn’t have integrated GPU, or you want more power)
DVD/Blu-ray driver (note: almost devices nowadays come with a driver CD)
Below is my choice with budget of ~1.000,-€
Next step: Building
Check all the cables, if everything is ok, connect to monitor, keyboard, mouse and turn it on (and hope that it can boot correctly :-P)
Enter CMOS setup to change boot order and install your OS.
Welcome to your new PC 😉
(scoring with Windows 7 Pro)
(scoring with Windows 8 Pro)